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20 February 2018 15:36 (South Africa)
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Zuma Presidency: Could this finally be the end?

  • Carien du Plessis
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    Carien du Plessis

    Jill of all trades but really, mistress of none, Carien has of late been a political tourist chasing elections and summits in various parts of the world, especially in Africa. 

    After spending her student days at political rallies in South Africa right through the country's first democratic elections in 1994, and after an extended working holiday in London, Carien started working for newspapers full-time in 2003. She's pretty much had her share of reporting on South African politics, attending gatherings and attracting trolls, but still finds herself attracted to it like a moth to a veld fire. 

    Her ultimate ambition in life is to become a travelling chocolate writer of international fame.

Photo: Outgoing ANC President, Jacob Zuma seen during a walk at the 54th ANC National Conference held at the NASREC Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 December 2017. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Reporter’s Notebook: Walking with the President

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Western Cape Provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer seen testifying on Tuesday, 1 April 2014, the last day of phase one of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into alleged police inefficiency in the area. The commission was set up by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille after complaints of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

Analysis: The corrosive effect of corruption – court convicts former Provincial Commissioner, Arno Lamoer

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Then South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing, China, 14 July 2015. Photo: EPA/NG HAN GUAN / POOL

Analysis: Ramaphosa’s China Conundrum – to kowtow or hit back?

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Former SA president Jacob Zuma confers with the former State Security Minister David Mahlobo at the ANC Policy Conference, 1 July 2017, Nasrec, Johannesburg.

Op-Ed: What Ramaphosa needs to do to fix state spying, Part 2 – mass and tactical surveillance

By Jane Duncan
Photo: An Airlink plane (Wikimedia Commons)

Competition Commission: Black entrepreneur dared to challenge Airlink’s monopoly to Mthatha – then she was booted out

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Sigidi in Mgungundlovu. Photo: Thembela Ntongana

GroundUp: Battle over mining rights in remote Eastern Cape villages

By GroundUp
Photo:A South African girl reads on her bed at the Cravenby Care Centre in Parow, South Africa, 19 July 2007. The centre, also know as a safe house, supports 52 abused women and children, HIV/Aids victims, drug and alcohol addicts as well as abandoned children and exists entirely on donor funding. Photo: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Health-e News: When love hurts and there’s no money to help

Photo: People build shacks on City-owned land in Philippi. (Photo: Vincent Lali)

GroundUp: Philippi land occupiers describe desperation

By GroundUp
AnnMarie Wolpe

GroundUp: AnnMarie Wolpe was a pioneer in gender and education

By GroundUp
Photo: Global Action Nepal

Letter to the Editor: Early childhood development centres cannot be a substitute for quality family engagement

By Daily Maverick

Scorpio: Gupta Inc – It’s game on as fightback begins

Photo: Two same-sex cake figures are seen in the first civil wedding ceremony between two men in Berlin, Germany, 01 October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA

Op-Ed: It is time to secularise marriage in South Africa

By James Lotter
Photo: The ANC Members of Parliament applaud the newly elected president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, 15 February 2018, Cape Town (Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)

SONA 2018 Debate: Ramaphosa’s new dawn gets a break amid opposition calls for a clean-up

By Marianne Merten

Op-Ed: Unfinished business and legacies of the Zuma period

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Farhaan Behardien of South Africa bats during the 2018 T20 match between South Africa and India at Wanderers Cricket Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 February 2018 Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Analysis: Scrap T20 internationals? Trevor Bayliss has a point

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Police look on as women carry placards in protest against the killing of miners by the South African police on Thursday, outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) north-west of Johannesburg, August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

Mining Charter: Ramaphosa to the rescue – but community voices still ignored

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: A handout photo made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on 16 February 2018 shows President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa (R) preparing for a SONA (State of the nation address) at parliament, Cape Town, South Africa. EPA-EFE/Kopano Tlape 

Analysis: ANC tries to save face in the House as members lose their appetite for Zuma

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Hugh Masekela by PeterTea via Flickr.

Thuma Mina: How Hugh Masekela, music and culture can help us shape a new zeitgeist and vision

By Marianne Thamm

A view on a mural by Italian street art artist Andrea Ravo Mattoni of a famous painting 'Orphan Girl at the Cemetery' by French artist Eugene Delacroix at 'Le Mur' in Paris, France, 17 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 19 February 2018

By John Stupart

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.130 – Evita’s Valentines for Africa! (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys

Zapiro: The best of the Zuma years

By Zapiro
Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta  (Original Photo by Gallo Images/City Press/Muntu Vilakazi)

Scorpio: Gupta Inc – crushed and on the run

Photo: Xolobeni activist Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe was gunned down in 2016.

GroundUp: Two years later, still no arrests for murder of Xolobeni activist

By GroundUp
Photo: Social Justice Coalition members outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, where the police resources case is being heard. Photo: Mary-Anne Gontsana

GroundUp: Police allocation system discriminates, argues civil society lawyer

By GroundUp
Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta and Duduzane Zuma (Muntu Vilakazi for Gallo Images)

Op-Ed: The Guptas can be extradited from the United Arab Emirates

By Anton Katz & Eshed Cohen
Photo: Residents of Cape Town collect drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point in Cape Town, South Africa, 31 January 2018. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

#CapeWaterGate: The devil is in the detail of communication

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his maiden State of the Nation Address on February 16, 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

Analysis: Cyril Ramaphosa and the narrative of good Public Relations

By Antoinette Muller

Op-Ed: What Ramaphosa needs to do to fix state spying, Part One: Rica and lawful interception

By Jane Duncan
Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa and Iraq Prime Minister Mr Haider al-Abadi in Davos, 25 January 2018. (Photo: GCIS)

Analysis: Foreign Policy, Ramaphosa’s current governmental stepchild

By J Brooks Spector